Clár na nÓg: Youth Sector Updates – December 2021

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National Youth Council of Ireland  News, training, events, opportunities and more


Upcoming training, deadlines, and calls


SPARK Youth Arts Festival – Save the Date

We are delighted to announce the SPARK Youth Arts Festival! Join us online and in-person from February 14th – 18th 2022 for a celebration of youth arts!
Find out more >>


Places added: Digital Media Literacy for Youth Workers

We are delighted with the interest in our Developing Digital Media Literacy Course run in partnership with CyberSafeKids, which sold out almost as soon as we publicised it. In response we’ve decided to increase the total places available by 15 (bringing it to a total of 65 participants from the youth work sector). The 4 session course starts in January.
Register now or find out more >>


Development Education and SDG Map

NYCI have created an interactive online map that highlights current Development Education and SDG focused youth work across Ireland.
Put your Work on the Map >>


Covid Guidance Update

Last week, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) announced changes to the Covid-19 Guidance for Youth Organisations.
Check out most recent update >>


Member News:
YSI Gen Z Index

Young Social Innovators want to know what matters to Ireland’s youth now and for their future. If you are or know a young person who wants their voice heard, please fill out the survey below
Fill Out Survey >>


Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA) 2022

Run by ECO-UNESCO, the YEA is the biggest Eco-Action programme in Ireland that recognises and rewards young people (ages 10-18) who take practical action to improve their local environment. Young people will be rewarded for their work in the Final Showcase in May 2022.
Register for nomination >>


Caring For Our Carers

Localise has started our new micro volunteering platform, so that any young person, aged 12 to 25 across Ireland can send a message of support and solidarity to nursing home care workers across Ireland and in their community.
Register interest >>


Plant Some Blossoms

Create impact in the lives of young people with intellectual disabilities – without impacting the environment. Blossom Ireland is delighted to introduce their plantable cards – simply make your donation & order the card, pop it in your garden when it’s been enjoyed and wait for a lovely group of flowers to grow.
Find out more >>


Festival of Youth Orchestras 2022

Save the date – The annual IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras is due to be held on Saturday, 19 February 2022.


Is your organisation an NYCI Member?

As well as advocating on your behalf, NYCI provides advice, networking and development opportunities, and expert training in all areas of youth work, including child protection, development education, equality, arts, health, and more. Find out more >>



Young Irish Film Makers (YIFM): Network Development Officer
Young Social Innovators (YSI): Digital Engagement and Campaigns Co-Ordinator and Communications, Marketing, and Experience Manager


Other Youth Sector News:


Irish Youth Foundation Funding Opportunity

The Irish Youth Foundation, in partnership with a new corporate partner, is providing €100,000 to fund not for profit, voluntary and charitable organisations supporting young people experiencing disadvantage nationwide. Applications close on Thursday, 16 December at 5pm.
Sign up >>


Access to Apprenticeship Programme 

The TU Dublin Access to Apprenticeship Programme is now taking applications for its 12 week course starting in January 2022. The Access to Apprenticeship Programme is aimed at young men and women aged 16 to 24 who experience social and economic barriers.
Fill out Application Form >>


Introduction to Writing for Children’s Animation

Screen Skills Ireland would like to invite individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to attend the Introduction to Writing for Children’s Animation in Ireland panel evening. The event takes place on Wednesday 8th December from 6:30pm to 9pm.
Register interest >>



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